Really? I want to know where that free money you are talking about comes from. I'm a single mom and haven't seen it. I do get the state and federal grants, but everyone i know that is an independent student gets those(yes including all the male students i am friends with). And my first semester back to school after i lost my job when was doing prereqs i wasn't even eligable for them because i didn't apply for them in time, so that was 100% out of pocket. I have only seen one scholarship
application that was specificly only for single moms, and it was for $500.
There is no special free college program for single moms...are there some scholarships
only for single moms....yeah....not many....and not free ride....like $500-1000. Really I think the illution that single moms get to go to school for free is because of young students who would still be considered dependent students, and so not be eligable for the grant money to the extent that independent students are, but having a child does change them from dependent to independent status and they can get the full grant amount, which is enough to pay 100% at a community college. (example....my little sister gets almost nothing in grants because she is a dependent student, so her and my dad have to either pay for it, or take out loans.....I am both older and would be independent by that measure, but am also a single mom). Being an older student or having a family also put you at an independent status so it is not just single moms that get full grants. I know my guy friends in nursing get it too....who are married with kids. The one that is doing the adn at community college, full grant is enough to completely pay for it....the one that is going to school where I am, it isn't, but his wife is a nurse and he is a PCT at a hospital that does tuition rembursment and our school is eligable, so he will get that on top of the grants.
And the single moms i know that already have a degree, but can not find employment with it, can not even get that grant money, and are paying 100% out of pocket